SSM Peer-Governance

"The system is handled generously and without problems. The only important thing is: you cannot simply take things away or sell them privatly, but you have to ask..."

Our rule is: make a fresh start and address the obstacles one by one.

The following story shared by Heinz Weinhausen (2003) gives an idea of how SSM deals with challenging situations. The van he is talking about is essential for the group's income. But it needs maintenance, which usually has been done by the same person once a week, on Tuesday afternoon. But for several weeks in a row other members had made appointments for the van being used elsewhere and maintanance was impossible, The person in charge decided not to take responsibility anymore for the van. The discussion became heated. Nobody stepped up, everybody was busy:

Reinhard for example started to build and fit new double windows for one of the buildings. Rainer is writing on his PHD Thesis on »New Work«. Gisela and Michael are active members of the new cooperative society of the borough that is called »WiWAt«. Heinz on the other hand is responsible for the computers and participates in the »Institute for New Work«.
On this day, no conclusion was found, even though the problem was touching our existential basis. Without a working van, we can not meet the targets of our busi- ness and the money for our living would be missing. One week later, the theme was on the agenda of the meeting again and actually two new members wanted to take on servicing the van together. Peter came to the SSM after years of being unemployed. He used to work in a dispatch department where he would drive a delivery van but he never had to take care of the vehicle. Even though he is not really confident that he can do the job well, he has realized that it is on him to take the first step. ....

- Develop Shared Purpose & Values. In 1986 the group forked from Sozialistische Selbsthilfe Köln html . This forking process was characterized by a conscious crafting of 1. an analysis of the socio-economic and political circumstances and 2. the strategy and procedure to adecuatly address circumstances. The results have been laid down in the preamble. They proved to be right and are being considered valid guidelines until today (2017)

- Set Semi-Permeable Boundaries. SSM writes: "Luckily there is a room available. You can come here right now and see if it is the right thing for you." -> immersion for a week for people interested in joining SSM allowing for convivial learning (see also: SSM Provisioning)

- Assure Commoners' Consent in Decisionmaking. In general decision are being take at the assembly, the highest decision making level at SSM. The assembly takes place each day at 9 am. Decision making principle: simple majority. Furthermore, decisions are take responsibly by every member in a given context or situation, usually based on previous conversation or consultation, a group discussion or -in-between-chatting.

- Relationalize Property. Whatever belongs to the purpose of SSM-Verein as written down in our Satzung is common property, especially the means of production: buildings, cars, tools etc. What you need, wear and use privatly i.e. your trousers or shirts, your mobile, bycicles etc is private property. In short: assets (capital) is in common property, things for daily use are in individual property. When people join SSM, they are provided with certain goods like furniture, that is supposed to be given back when people leave the group. But in reality people as when they leave and things are being decided according to the circumstances.

- Ritualize Togetherness. As there are daily meetings (i.e. the assembly) + the regular conference on Wednesday, there is a high basic level of ritualization. [RAINER; other forms of strenghtening togetherness?) - Share Knowledge Often and Widely. See SSM Provisioning - Honor Transparency in a Sphere of Trust. When a member wants or needs something, an item for individual use s/he asks the person in charge (Tagesverantwortung). If it's a bigger goods, such as a TV or a washing machine, the request goes to the weekly conference on Wednesday. - Self-Monitor, Mediate & Sanction - Respect Own-Time and the Human Scale - Establish Discrimination-Free Infrastructures

Constituting Tools. SSM-Satzung, which was rather carelessly crafted and remixed from similar projects. After forking from Sozialistische Selbsthilfe Köln [ html), SSM developed a Satzung that it still valid today. See also SSM Peer-Governance

and/or Knowledge Creation and/or Socializing Tools and/or Infrastructures and/or Finance and/or Laws

Proceed the same way selecting from the following dimensions

# See also SSM, SSM Provisioning